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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
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Around the Diocese

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(From the Jan. 16, 2003 edition of the Inland Register)

Bishop to confer Scouting emblems

Bishop Skylstad will confer religious emblems on Scouts at the Bishop’s Recognition Day, Sunday, Feb. 9, at 2 p.m. at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes, 1115 W. Riverside Ave. in Spokane

All Scouts, leaders, and parents are welcome to attend.

Scouts wishing to participate should arrive a few minutes early to sign in, and should remember to bring their religious emblems with them.

Scout leaders, for their part, should contact the Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting with information on the number of Scouts coming from their units.

To contact the DCCS, e-mail or call Joe Schmitz, chairman, at 747-7499.

Sibling servers

Photo: Shaina and Danny Workland, sister and brother, were the altar servers for Christmas Eve Mass at Assumption Parish, Spokane. Pictured with them is the parish’s pastor, Father Mike Savelesky.

Omak pastoral associate to journey to Iraq

Bettejo Passalaqua, pastoral associate of St. Mary Parish in Omak, Wash., will be one of four delegates from Washington State to travel to Jordan and, from there, to Iraq, as part of the Voices in the Wilderness group.

The Voices group opposes economic sanctions against Iraq as well as war. They hope to publicize the effects of the ongoing sanctions and the “lingering effects” of the 1991 Gulf War.

Family establishes scholarship fund at St. Aloysius School

The Luger family has recently established the Robert Luger Memorial Scholarship at St. Aloysius School in Spokane.

Robert Luger was a 1956 graduate of St. Aloysius.

The earnings from the fund will be used to supplement tuition pledges of needy Catholic families.

In addition to an outright gift, the family has pledged to match contributions, up to $50,000.

For information, call 489-7825 or e-mail

Catholic Business Women group to celebrate anniversary

The Catholic Business and Professional Women of Spokane will celebrate their 52nd anniversary on Saturday, Jan. 25, at Rockwood Lane, 220 E. Rockwood Blvd.

Speaking will be Msgr. Frank Bach, retired priest of the Spokane Diocese. Also scheduled is Dr. Meagan Walsh of Coeur d’Alene, speaking on “Fixing Potential Problems with Nutritional Supplements.”

The event begins with a social hour at 11:30 a.m. Cost is $11; make reservations by calling 624-5577.

Anti-War rally will be Jan. 18 in Spokane

An anti-war rally to honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will take place on Saturday, Jan 18, beginning at 1 p.m. in the Gondola Meadows of Riverfront Park in Spokane.

The rally is sponsored by the Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane.

Music and speakers are scheduled to “celebrate Dr. King’s legacy of peace.”

St. Vincent de Paul Society benefits from grant

The Spokane St. Vincent de Paul Society recently received a grant from the Buder Memorial Fund #2, totaling $1,000. The fund is managed by Foundation Northwest, the Community Foundation.

According to George Vasil, president of St. Vincent’s District Council, the grant will give a real boost to the Society’s charitable works improving the lives of needy families in the Spokane area.

‘Kids Korus’

Photo: The Kids Korus of Assumption School, Spokane, offered entertainment during the President’s Christmas Reception at Whitworth College, Spokane, last month. The group also entertained at the Indian Trail branch of Spokane Teachers’ Credit Union. The choral group boasts 43 members from grades three through six. (IR photo from Assumption School)

Cathedral Mass, afternoon of prayer to mark Roe vs. Wade anniversary

Wednesday, Jan. 22, the 30th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe vs. Wade decision, legalizing abortion in the united states, will be marked with Mass and an afternoon of prayer at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes, 1115 W. Riverside Ave.

Homilist for the Mass will be Jesuit Father Robert Spitzer, president of Gonzaga University. Father Spitzer will concelebrate the Mass with Msgr. James Ribble, rector of the cathedral.

After the Mass, the cathedral will remain open for prayer before the Blessed Sacrament. The rosary will be recited at 2 p.m. and again at 4 p.m. Benediction will begin at 5 p.m.; the cathedral will then close at 6 p.m.

Celebrating Our Lady of Guadalupe

Photo: The parishioners at Sacred Heart Parish, Othello, celebrated the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Dec. 12. Preparations began weeks before with education for children and adults about the story and meaning of the event. Early in the morning of Dec. 12 there was a serenata to the Virgin and breakfast. Mass was celebrated later in the day. The festivities included traditional dances and a dinner. (IR photo from Sacred Heart Parish, Othello)

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